Facebook announces that it will remove its facial recognition technology

lilac banner with a basic cartoon of facial recognition technology
(Image credit: Meta)

After careful consideration, Facebook has decided to remove the Face Recognition System operating on the platform. More than a third of Facebook users originally opted-in to use the feature, and its removal will see more than 1 billion facial recognition templates deleted. 

The decision was made due to concerns about the place of facial recognition technology in society, how it is regulated and by whom. In April 2021, the phone numbers and personal data of more than 533 million people were stolen from Facebook and leaked online, which sparked a discussion into the platform’s security measures. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.